Podcast Episode 86: Understanding Histamine and Healing from Histamine Intolerance

What do you do when you have histamine intolerance? Board-certified doctor of natural medicine, Dr. Becky Campbell shares insights from her book The 4-Phase Histamine Reset Plan. So if you’re dealing with any histamine issues, this episode is perfect for you!

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • What is histamine?
  • What happens when we can’t break down histamine properly?
  • How can you test for histamine intolerance?
  • What are examples of high-histamine foods and histamine-liberating foods?
  • What are the common causes of histamine intolerance?
  • What is the link between thyroid and histamine?
  • What is the connection between stress and histamine?
  • How can you meal prep when you have histamine intolerance?


Key Takeaways:

  • Histamine is something that we need in the body. Its main role is to help you get rid of allergens.
  • One of the enzymes responsible for breaking down histamine is diamine oxidase (DAO). You can test for histamine intolerance by testing for DAO, although it’s not very reliable.
  • The best way to test for histamine intolerance is to eat foods high in histamine. If you get any new symptoms or your current symptoms increase, you most likely have it. The follow-up to that is to remove those foods for a week, and if you start to see a reduction of those symptoms, that’s when you know you have histamine intolerance.
  • The common causes of histamine intolerance:
  1. Mast cell activation syndrome
  2. Gluten intolerance
  3. Leaky gut
  4. Vitamin deficiencies
  5. Gut infection
  6. Irritable bowel disease
  7. Genetic mutations
  • Leftovers are a very big trigger for people with histamine intolerance because the longer the food cooks and the longer the food sits, the more histamine is being produced and the more bacteria is being produced.


Action Steps:

  • Test for histamine intolerance.
  • Cut out high-histamine foods in your diet.


Dr. Becky said:

“One of the best ways to get rid of histamine intolerance or to really, really manage [it] is to test your gut, see what you’ve got going on in there, and kill those infections.”

“High estrogen levels really can drive histamine in the body. It can really raise histamine levels.”


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